The Orange Beach Fire Department is looking for motivated, hardworking individuals who are interested in a career in the fire service.
The department’s spring recruit school starts March 15th, and space is limited. Completion of this 9-week recruit school provides the individual with Firefighter I/II certifications, as well as experience in a career fire department. The only prerequisite required to apply is having an up-to-date CPAT certification. Housing and a stipend is provided for the residents.
The Orange Beach Fire Department Resident Volunteer Firefighter Program (RVFP) is an exciting opportunity! The RVFP is designed to give young men and women a boost in pursuing a career in Fire and Emergency Services.
Applicants that are accepted into the RVFP are expected to successfully complete Firefighter I/II training. After successfully completing the training and receiving their Firefighter I/II certification, they will be assigned to a regular shift in the Orange Beach Fire Department, where they will serve alongside the department’s career members working 24-hour shifts performing all the duties of a firefighter, gaining valuable experience and training to prepare individuals for a career with a full-time fire department.
Additionally, individuals will be sent to school to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Advanced EMT (if already an EMT), to complete the training requirements for the RVFP. Participants can stay in the program for up to two years; a minimum one-year commitment is asked. In exchange for this commitment to the RVFP, participants are provided with the following:
- Lodging, with all utilities paid for;
- Certification as a Firefighter I/II (based on successfully completing the course and passing the certification exam;
- Opportunity for additional fire service certifications (for example, Apparatus Operator; Hazardous Materials Technician; Rope Rescue Technician; etc.)
- A monthly stipend
- An opportunity to become a certified Ocean/Surf Lifeguard (United States Lifesaving Association)
Requirements for applying (based on the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission prerequisites for Firefighter I training):
- At least 18 years of age
- High school diploma/GED
- Successful completion of Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT) - more info on this can be found on the Alabama Fire College website at www.alabamafirecollege.org/vertical-menu/forms-and-resources/cpat.